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Undocumented Student Program

The Undocumented Student Program (USP) provides support services to undocumented students and mixed-status families on our campus.

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Mission

The Undocumented Student Program (USP) provides services, resources, and support to undocumented students and mixed-status families. Through advocacy for educational equity and by fostering an inclusive and welcoming campus environment, USP is committed to empowering and celebrating undocumented student resilience.

Vision

Our vision is to build partnerships and relationships with students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members to better serve undocumented communities. UNLV USP honors and recognizes the hard work of undocumented students and their allies in the continued advocacy for thriving communities and equity in higher education.

Staff

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Set up an Appointment

Through the role of the Resource Coordinator for the Undocumented Student Program (USP), Mariana Sarmiento supports students by coordinating campus and community resources based on their unique needs and academic goals. Mariana provides support for students who are undocumented, students with DACA and students in mixed-status families. Set up an appointment with Mariana by emailing mariana.sarmiento@unlv.edu or calling 702-895-5658.

How Mariana can help you:

  • Undocumented and DACA student support
  • Basic needs assistance (food/housing)
  • Financial aid and scholarship assistance
  • Case management services
  • Mental health and well-being support
  • And more!

Drop-In Hours

Due to Covid-19 considerations, Mariana is not currently available for drop-in hours.

Programming

NSHE Virtual Town Hall on DACA Issues

The Nevada System of Higher Education held a town hall with Chancellor Reilly at 4 p.m., Tuesday, April 28, 2020 to discuss concerns around the uncertainty of the Supreme Court DACA decision and its impacts on immigrant students and staff. The recording and closed captioning are now available.

Roots & Resilience: Healing for Undocumented Communities

The Undocumented Student Program and Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ) hosted a series of healing workshops with information about immigration-related stress, as well as supportive resources and strategies for coping. The recordings and presentation slides are now available.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does undocumented status and DACA mean?

Undocumented refers to individuals who are not United States citizens or permanent residents of the United States, who do not hold a current visa to reside in the United States, and who have not been approved for legal residency in the U.S. Some undocumented individuals had an opportunity to participate in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program to avoid deportation and receive work authorization in the United States.

It is also important to note that while all DACA participants are undocumented, not all undocumented individuals are DACA participants. Selection is contingent upon meeting criteria and the completion and federal government review of an individual's DACA application.

Can I enroll at UNLV if I’m undocumented or have DACA?

U.S. citizenship is not a requirement for admission to UNLV and we welcome all students who seek education and the opportunities it provides. Therefore, any individual can apply to be a student and, if accepted, enroll for classes.

As a DACA student, will my tuition or financial aid be impacted if the DACA program ends?

Undocumented and DACA students who have graduated from a Nevada high school are eligible for in-state tuition. Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may apply for university-based and alternate financial aid at UNLV. For information on financial aid, call 702-895-3424 or visit the Financial Aid website.

What information can the University disclose about student records, including class schedules?

A student’s education record is protected under the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). Any record that directly relates to a student and is maintained by the institution or a party acting on behalf of the institution is considered an education record. UNLV complies with federal and state law with respect to disclosure of a student’s education record to outside parties.

UNLV maintains "directory" information for students, including name, class level, major, email, address, and telephone numbers. Individuals and external organizations may request this information, but the university carefully reviews and considers each request, and not all requests are fulfilled. FERPA does not prohibit disclosure of directory information. Learn more about UNLV's definition of directory information.

Because U.S. citizenship is not a requirement of admission, UNLV does not track undocumented or DACA status of its students.

Where can I find the latest information about the status of DACA?

As a DACA student, will my tuition or financial aid be impacted if the program ends?

Undocumented and DACA students who have graduated from a Nevada high school are eligible for in-state tuition. Undocumented and DACA students are not eligible for federal financial aid, but may apply for university-based and alternate financial aid at UNLV. For information on financial aid, call 702-895-3424 or visit the Financial Aid DACA page.

As a DACA student, can I travel outside of the U.S. and/or participate in study abroad?

As of Sept. 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced it will no longer grant Advanced Parole Travel Documents that allow DACA recipients to travel internationally and return to the U.S. DACA recipients should be cautious about travel abroad on advance parole.

What information can the University disclose about student records, including class schedules?

A student’s education record is protected under the Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA). Any record that directly relates to a student and is maintained by the institution or a party acting on behalf of the institution is considered an education record. UNLV complies with federal and state law with respect to disclosure of a student’s education record to outside parties.

UNLV maintains "directory" information for students, including name, class level, major, email, address, and telephone numbers. Individuals and external organizations may request this information, but the university carefully reviews and considers each request, and not all requests are fulfilled. FERPA does not prohibit disclosure of directory information. Learn more about UNLV's definition of directory information.

Because U.S. citizenship is not a requirement of admission, UNLV does not track undocumented or DACA status of its students.

Can a student opt out of having their directory information disclosed?

Yes, however the student also will no longer receive official and other important correspondence from UNLV. If a student does not want UNLV to disclose any or all of their directory information without prior written consent, the student must request this through their MyUNLV account. Learn more about FERPA.

As an individual with DACA status and a UNLV employee, can I continue to work at UNLV if DACA ends?

Currently, DACA recipients may legally work until their Employment Authorization Document expires. Learn about employment rights through the Immigrant Legal Resource Center.

As a UNLV faculty or staff member, what should I do if law enforcement officers are in my office or classroom?

Please contact the UNLV Office of General Counsel during business hours at 702-895-5185 for immediate assistance in any situation in which a law enforcement officer requests personal or personally identifiable information or records relating to a student. If not during normal business hours, contact University Police Services at 702-895-3668.

You may ask the law enforcement officer for their name, identification number, and agency affiliation, and also for a copy of any warrant or subpoena presented. Inform the officer that you are not obstructing their process, but following standard university practice and must contact the appropriate UNLV office for assistance.

Historically, external law enforcement agencies have notified University Police Services in advance of arriving on campus to execute a warrant or subpoena.

Campus Resources

Academic Advising

Advisors are resources who serve as guides through academic choices, policies, and requirements. During the advising session, students will discuss upcoming courses and degree requirements based on their current coursework, their commitments outside of UNLV, and their intended educational goals. The advisor may make recommendations, but the ultimate decision rests with the student. Advisors are excited to discuss goals and look forward to meeting with students.

Find your Academic Advisor

Financial Assistance

UNLV offers institutional grants and scholarship opportunities based on merit or financial need for students who do not have the opportunity to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, non-FAFSA eligible students can apply for private scholarships. For additional financial assistance or resources, please contact the Undocumented Student Program.

Health & Wellness

Students are eligible for access to services and programming at the Student Wellness Center regardless of immigration status. For additional health and wellness services, contact the Undocumented Student Program.

  • Student Health Center
    The UNLV Student Health Center is an accredited facility by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Our board-certified clinicians and health care team are dedicated to helping you prevent injury, treat illness, and reduce the risk of acute and chronic disease.
  • Jean Nidetch Women’s Center
    The Jean Nidetch Women’s Center provides free and confidential support services to members of the UNLV community who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence and/or stalking. Programs and services are available to people of all identities and regardless of status.
  • Student Counseling and Psychological Services
    Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) can help you manage your feelings so that you can make the most out of your college experience. Our clinicians are trained to help you work through problems commonly experienced by college students of all ages and backgrounds.
  • The Practice
    The PRACTICE is a dynamic community mental health clinic located on UNLV’s main campus offering mental and behavioral health services.
  • Center for Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling
    The Center for Individual, Couple & Family Counseling is a mental health facility that provides quality, low-cost therapy to residents of the Las Vegas community.
  • UNLV Food Pantry
    The year-round UNLV Food Pantry provides non-perishable items to university students, staff, and faculty who need additional food.

Legal Assistance

The UNLV Immigration Clinic is now offering free of charge legal advice and representation to UNLV and CSN students, staff, and their family members. Call 702-895-2080 for more information or fill out their intake form to make an appointment. University Legal Services offers assistance with:

  • DACA forms and renewals
  • Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
  • Screening for immigration relief
  • And more!

Social Support & Additional Resources

  • The Intersection
    We are a one-stop resource for UNLV’s highly diverse student body — a comprehensive multicultural center grounded in the academic life of our students. As an intersecting campus resource, we help ensure students, particularly first-generation and students of color, successfully navigate their academic careers
  • Student Diversity & Social Justice
    Student Diversity & Social Justice advocates with a diverse student population to amplify and affirm student’s identities through an intersectional framework to promote student success. We are a student-centered office committed to educating, empowering, and developing UNLV students as leaders to recognize and address societal injustices.
  • UNLV Library Guide: Resources for Undocumented/DACAmented Students
  • UndocuNetwork
    The UNLV UndocuNetwork is Registered Student Organization dedicated to empowering undocumented and immigrant communities. For updates, find them on Facebook.com/Undocunetwork.

Scholarships

For scholarship assistance or information, please set up an appointment with the USP Resource Coordinator, Mariana Sarmiento at mariana.sarmiento@unlv.edu or call 702-895-5658.

Information for Faculty/Staff

All Access Taskforce

The All Access Taskforce (AAT) is composed of students, faculty and staff who are committed to building a comprehensive support system for campus community members who are undocumented or who receive Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), as well those who identify as immigrants and are from mixed-status families. To learn more about the AAT, please email Mariana Sarmiento at mariana.sarmiento@unlv.edu.

The AAT advises and supports efforts to:

  • Recruit and retain undocumented students and staff/faculty
  • Collaborate to create solutions and increase campus accessibility for the undocumented community through advocacy, policy changes, programming, and other solutions
  • Implement practical, research-informed, and systemic policies to provide tangible resources and on-campus support for undocumented folk

Syllabus Statement

The following undocumented student support syllabus statement may be modified and included on your syllabi:
Undocumented Student Support

Immigration is a complex phenomenon with broad impact—those who are directly affected by it, as well as those who are indirectly affected by their relationships with family members, friends, and loved ones. If your immigration status presents obstacles to engaging in specific activities or fulfilling specific course criteria, please request support from the Unocumented Student Program (USP). The Undocumented Student Program offers support services and coordinates resource access for undocumented students (with and without DACA) as well as students from mixed-status families. To learn more, visit the Diversity website.

Adapted from The University of Utah Dream Center.

UndocuAlly Training

USP is proud to partner with the Immigration Clinic and Faculty Center to host UndocuAlly Workshops for faculty, staff and student leaders in order to encourage the development of a safe and welcoming campus for undocumented students.

This training is 2-3 hours in length and requires at least five (5) or more participants, not to exceed 30 participants. This workshop aims to increase faculty, staff, and student knowledge about the unique needs of undocumented communities as well as policies and language related to immigration.
Register as an Individual

There are no upcoming trainings at this time.

Request an UndocuAlly Workshop

To learn more about UndocuAlly Training or to request a training for your office or department, please email Mariana Sarmiento at mariana.sarmiento@unlv.edu.

External Resources

The following organizations and websites are provided for information and resource purposes. The links provided on this web page are not under the direct or indirect control of UNLV and are provided as a convenience to you. By clicking on any such hyperlink, you will be leaving the UNLV website.